|Publication number||US7970633 B2|
|Application number||US 12/273,065|
|Publication date||Jun 28, 2011|
|Filing date||Nov 18, 2008|
|Priority date||May 14, 2001|
|Also published as||US7011629, US7691059, US20040116785, US20060106290, US20090076848|
|Publication number||12273065, 273065, US 7970633 B2, US 7970633B2, US-B2-7970633, US7970633 B2, US7970633B2|
|Inventors||Paul I. Bulat|
|Original Assignee||American Doctors On-Line, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (40), Non-Patent Citations (5), Referenced by (4), Classifications (14), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/321,332 filed Dec. 29, 2005, which is a divisional application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/694,519, filed Oct. 27, 2003, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,011,629, which is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/855,738, filed May 14, 2001, now U.S. Pat. No. 6,638,218. The above-referenced patents and patent application are hereby incorporated by reference in their entirety.
The present invention relates to medical examination, diagnosis and treatment, and more particularly, to providing such services over a network.
Health care costs in the United States exceed one trillion dollars per year. In 1996, spending on health care in the United States exceeded fourteen percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Current health care system costs include annual service to over ninety million people in over five thousand hospital emergency departments. These ninety million or more visits impose an enormous burden on emergency departments. Ambulances on route toward the closest available emergency department are often diverted to other hospitals, sometime located in another city. The cause of such calamities is multi-factorial and includes: nursing shortages, bed unavailability, and grossly overcrowded, overburdened emergency rooms.
Telecommunications technologies, and in particular, video-conferencing, offer an opportunity to provide cost effective care in a variety of settings. In particular, tele-medicine and tele-healthcare have been envisioned with respect to many specialties including: pathology, dermatology, surgery, opthamology, cardiology, and radiology. However, diagnosis and treatment in these areas require either a human presenter or mechanical equipment at the patient end to gather pertinent information related to the patient's condition.
For example, it is known in the prior art to provide remote monitoring of patients over a network. U.S. Pat. No. 5,544,646, which is hereby incorporated herein, issued to David et al., discloses an interactive television and audio patient monitoring system for connecting a patient situated at home or in a hospital room with a central monitoring station that is manned by one or more health care practitioners. The invention provides two-way interactive visual communications between a patient and a health care practitioner via cable television lines whereby the central station may continuously monitor one or more medical parameters (such as, ECG, blood pressure, respiration, etc.) by utilizing medical equipment located in the patient's hospital room or home.
Similarly, U.S. Pat. No. 5,810,747, issued to Brudny et al., and also incorporated herein by reference, discloses an interactive training system used for monitoring a patient suffering from neurological disorders of movement. The system includes a patient station that includes a computer in communication with a supervisor station via a local area network or the Internet. Sensors collect physiologic information and physical information from the patient while the patient is undergoing training. This information is provided to the supervisor station to be summarized and displayed to the patient and the supervisor.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,168,563, issued to Brown and incorporated herein by reference, discloses a system and method for enabling a health care provider to monitor and manage a health condition of a patient. The system includes a health care provider apparatus operated by a health care provider and a remotely programmable patient apparatus that is operated by a patient. The health care provider develops a script program using the health care provider apparatus and sends the script program to the remotely programmable patient apparatus through a communication network such as the World Wide Web. The script program is computer executable, and provides information to the patient about the patient's health condition by asking the patient questions and receiving answers to the questions. The answers are forwarded to the health care provider through the communication network and processed for further management of the patient's health condition by the health care provider. The patient data may also include information supplied by a physiological monitoring device that is connected to the remotely programmable patient apparatus.
In addition, U.S. Pat. No. 6,205,716, issued to Peltz and also incorporated herein by reference, discloses a secure, modular interactive two-way tele-collaborative video conferencing and imaging enclosure for remotely monitoring physiological attributes of a user by medical specialists and remote interaction between users and medical specialists. Access to the system requires participation in a heathcare program or health insurance program, such as an HMO. The healthcare program provides the patient with an “access card” that enables the patient to use the enclosure.
In accordance with a one embodiment of the present invention, a system for delivering medical examination, diagnosis, and treatment services from a health care practitioner to a patient over a network includes a plurality of health care practitioner terminals and a plurality of patient terminals in audiovisual communication over the network with any of the plurality of health care practitioner terminals. Each of the plurality of health care practitioner terminals includes a display device. The system also includes a call center in communication with the patient terminals and the health care practitioner terminals. The call center routs a call from a patient at one of the patient terminals to an available health care practitioner at one of the health care practitioner terminals so that the available health care practitioner may carry on a two-way conversation with the patient and visually observe the patient. The system also includes a protocol database resident on a digital storage medium accessible to each of the health care practitioner terminals. The protocol database contains a plurality of protocol segments such that a relevant segment of the protocol may be displayed in real time on the display device of the health care practitioner terminal of the available health care practitioner for use by the available health care practitioner in making an assessment of the patient.
In accordance with related embodiments, the relevant segment of the protocol displayed in real time on the display device of the health care practitioner terminal includes an electronic link that establishes communication between the available health care practitioner and a third party. The third party may be one or more of a primary care physician, specialist, hospital, emergency room, ambulance service, clinic or pharmacy. The electronic link may be a hypertext link. The system may further include a patient database accessible to each of the health care practitioner terminals for storing patient information. The patient information may be displayed on the display device of the health care practitioner terminal of the available health care practitioner. The system may further include a medication database accessible to each of the health care practitioner terminals for storing medication information. Each patient terminal may be configured to permit the available health care practitioner to conduct an examination of the patient, including by visual observation of the patient, while the patient is standing. One or more of the patient terminals may include a telephone such that a patient may establish a direct connection to the call center by picking up the telephone receiver. The protocol database may be resident on a server that is in communication with each of the health care practitioner terminals. Each of the health care practitioner terminals may include a local storage device and the protocol database may be replicated on the local storage device of one or more of the health care practitioner terminals.
In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, a system for delivering medical examination, diagnosis, and treatment services from a health care practitioner to a patient over a network includes a plurality of health care practitioner terminals and a plurality of patient terminals in audiovisual communication over the network with any of the plurality of health care practitioner terminals. Each of the plurality of health care practitioner terminals includes a display device. The system also includes a call center in communication with the patient terminals and the health care practitioner terminals. The call center routs a call from a patient at one of the patient terminals to an available health care practitioner at one of the health care practitioner terminals so that the available health care practitioner may carry on a two-way conversation with the patient and visually observe the patient.
In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, a system for delivering medical examination, diagnosis, and treatment services from a health care practitioner to a patient over a network includes a plurality of health care practitioner terminals and a plurality of patient terminals in audiovisual communication over the network with any of the plurality of health care practitioner terminals. Each of the plurality of health care practitioner terminals includes a display device. Each of the plurality of patient terminals includes a camera having pan, tilt and zoom modes, such modes being controlled from the first plurality of health care practitioner terminals. The system also includes a call center in communication with the patient terminals and the health care practitioner terminals. The call center routs a call from a patient at one of the patient terminals to an available health care practitioner at one of the health care practitioner terminals so that the available health care practitioner may carry on a two-way conversation with the patient and visually observe the patient.
The foregoing features of the invention will be more readily understood by reference to the following detailed description, taken with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
Definitions. As used in this description and the accompanying claims, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless the context otherwise requires:
“Acute”, “episodic”, and “non-urgent” are terms of art as used in the practice of medicine.
Emergency room overcrowding is partially due to the large volume of non-urgent care being provided by the emergency departments. Patients often access emergency rooms seeking care for conditions that clearly can be managed in other, less intensive settings. Some of these patients simply cannot get access to their own physicians. Patients who try to access their private physician (sometimes referred to herein as “practicing physician” for minor episodic illnesses often find that they cannot be scheduled for an appointment expeditiously or at a convenient time. Walk in clinics are not always located close by, and while the waiting time to be seen by a physician at a clinic may be less than in an emergency room, such a visit may demand two or more hours. Given the work schedule demands of today's consumer, private physician appointments, emergency department visits, and clinic visits do not provide for the optimal care of patients with acute non-urgent illnesses. Additionally, a bill for treatment of a minor complaint can easily exceed three hundred dollars, which may not cover the true cost of providing the medical care in a hospital setting. Managed care co-payments for these visits are sizable (fifty to seventy-five dollars) and, not infrequently, the insurer will refuse to pay for the visit in retrospect because the medical problem was minor.
The present invention allows for the remote triage of patients to appropriate settings, and at the same time, allows for treatment of acute non-urgent cases. (It should be noted that emergency physicians are best suited to perform the triage function of “sorting” patients into categories of emergent, urgent, and non-urgent conditions because they are specifically trained to manage and care for the full spectrum of conditions that cross all medical and surgical specialties. However, internists and family practitioners are also physicians capable of performing the triage function. Similarly, nurses and nurse practitioners, and physician assistants may also be capable of performing the triage function.)
The physician call center may be a single call center that provides international, national or regional connections, or it may be one of a plurality of physician call centers that are in communication with one another to provide such connections. A call from a patient is received at the physician call center in process 102, and the call is routed to an available physician or other health care practitioner. In one embodiment, the available physician must be a board certified physician who is licensed to practice medicine in the state wherein the patient is located. For example, if the patient is calling into the call center from Massachusetts, then the call center will route the patient's call to a physician terminal manned by a board certified physician who is licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts. In accordance with another embodiment of the invention, the physicians' credentials, including licenses, may be displayed to the patient via a display device.
In process 103, the available physician (or other health care practitioner) is permitted to evaluate the patient's immediate complaint or reason for visit in order to make an assessment whether the patient may be suffering from an acute non-urgent condition. If such a condition may be present, an examination is conducted and treatment is prescribed in process 104. The examination is conducted via audio video equipment, such as video conferencing equipment, that allows the available physician to interact with the patient in real time in a confidential manner. The examination may include the assessment of the skin (including color and texture), nail beds, eyes and oropharynx of the patient via a video camera and a halogen fiber optic light source. Examples of acute non-urgent conditions include, but are not limited to, acne vulgaris, allergic rhinitis, aphthous ulcer, back pain, bronchitis, minor burns, cellulitis, constipation, contact dermatitis/rhus dermatitis, dental caries or infection, gout or pseudogout, herpes simplex (oral), herpes zoster, hordeolum or chalazion, insect bites or stings, known STD exposure (gonorrhea or chlamydia), Lyme disease (stage I, localized infection), otitis externa, acute otitis media, pharyngitis, scabies, sinusitis, smoking cessation, tendinitis or strain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome, urinary tract infection (female, uncomplicated) and urticaria. The examination is conducted in accordance with a protocol that is discussed below.
Treatment may include home remedies and pharmaceutical remedies that may be prescribed immediately following the examination. If the patient is not suffering from an acute non-urgent condition, no treatment will be prescribed and the patient may be referred elsewhere as will be described with respect to
Limiting treatment to circumstances where the patient is determined to be suffering from an acute non-urgent or other non-urgent condition is important because the examination and treatment of the patient are inherently limited by the fact that they are being conducted remotely, over a network. The inventors have found that assessment and treatment of non-urgent conditions are possible under these circumstances. Conversely, more serious illnesses, for example, a myocardial infarction, stroke, appendicitis, etc. in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, are referred to suitable facilities for treatment, such as hospitals, primary care physicians, specialists, emergency rooms and clinics.
In addition, the diagnosis of a non-urgent condition may be conducted without a human or mechanical presenter at the patient terminal. In an embodiment of the invention, the examination is conducted by utilizing a video camera and examination light on a patient who is standing in the patient terminal. In this embodiment there is no need for additional medical instrumentality such as blood pressure readers, thermometers, electrocardiograms, pulse oximeters or the like, as diagnosis of an acute non-urgent condition may be accomplished by observing the patient's physical appearance and by orally obtaining a current history of the patient's illness. Of course, diagnosis of a non-urgent condition would not be precluded, or in any way hindered, by the addition of medical instrumentality.
Each physician terminal 221, 223, and 225 may also be in communication with a protocol database 235, patient database 233, or medication database 237, either locally or via one or more of the networks mentioned above (such as local area network (LAN) 231) and each database may be in communication with another database. When communication is over a network, typically the databases may be accessed via a server on the network. Further, each physician terminal may be in communication with one or more pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, ambulance services, primary care physician facilities, or specialist facilities.
Each protocol database may include a protocol that guides a physician in conducting a patient evaluation and assessment. The protocol provides a series of segments pertinent to examination, diagnosis and treatment of a patient. For example, in the case of allergic rhinitis, the segment might be displayed to the physician via a display device 304 (see
(Clinical Programs and Guidelines)
Paroxysmal sneezing nasal congestion
Current medications (BCP?)
Past/Present medical problems?
Previous treatment for same?
Social history: drugs, alcohol, smoking
Allergies to foods or medications
Environmental allergies: animal fur,
plants, dust, molds etc.
Paroxysmal sneezing (especially in a.m.)
Nasal congestion clear rhinorrhea
Tearing, itchy eyes
Clear nasal discharge
Fever >101° F./tachycardia
* To ED immediately
Usual course several weeks to several
Primary: Nasal Steroids
beclomethasone (Beconase): 1-2
fluticasone (Flonase): 2
budesonide (Rhinocort): 2-4
loratadine (Claritin): 10 mg po qd
(syrup 5 mg/5 ml)
cetirizine (Zyrtec): 10 mg po qd
(syrup 5 mg/5 ml)
fexofenadine (Allegra): 60 mg po
cromolyn sodium (Nasalcrom): 1
Side effects of intranasal steroids include
irritation and rarely nasal ulceration
Nasal steroids may take a few days to
May not need nasal steroids for mild
Immunotherapy best reserved for severe
cases and for patients who are
symptomatic for more than 6 months
To Emergency Department/Primary Care
Physician if no improvement in 2-3 days.
Give patient discharge instructions.
ASK IF ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS
Hyperlink text or other automated or electronic communication devices may be provided within the protocol to facilitate the transfer of information from the physician terminal to one or more third party. For example, if the physician detects one of the warning signs that indicate that immediate emergency care is necessary, he or she may click or double click on the warning sign, and communication may automatically be established between the physician and an ambulance service or emergency room. Similarly, if the physician deems that a prescription drug is appropriate for the treatment of the patient, the physician may click or double click on the appropriate prescription, such as one of the nasal steroids listed above, and the prescription will be forwarded to the pharmacy of the patient's choice along with instructions for use of the steroid.
More generally, the protocol involves, among other things, obtaining from the patient a history of the current illness or immediate complaint. An example of a general protocol for assessment of a patient is provided in Table 2 below.
TREATMENT OF EXISTING CONDITION
Need drug prescription and/or medical
Greater than 5 years.
Current medication (BCP?)
Past/Present medical problems
Previous treatment for same current
Social history: drugs, alcohol, smoking
REASONS FOR SEEKING
Unable to secure timely visit with primary
On vacation, forgot medications
Just moved, need refill until seen by new
Primary care physician
Same condition present which was
relieved in past by certain medications
Are the symptoms or medical condition
essentially the same as that for which the
medication(s) were first prescribed?
Have any new (other) medical problems
arisen since the medication(s) (in question)
were last prescribed?
Any significant change in vital signs since
last prescription filled?
Consider patient's present temperature,
pulse, blood pressure and respiratory rate
Any significant change in physical
appearance or physical findings since last
Any significant change in symptoms, vital
signs, or physical signs from previously as
patient presents to the available physician?
Write Rx for patient if it seems appropriate
Use discretion in prescribing narcotics or
sedative/hypnotic medication(s) (may need
to check old records)
If prescribing narcotics, do not exceed 3-5
Use discretion in prescribing medication(s)
for more serious conditions (e.g., cardiac,
diabetic medication(s), etc.) and only
prescribe enough to last until patient get to
primary care physician/emergency
To emergency department/primary care
physician if any significant change in
symptoms or physical findings occur while
patient is on medication(s)
ASK IF PATIENT HAS ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS
The general protocol, as outlined above, involves obtaining from the patient: a history of his or her present or immediate illness; a past medical history, including current medications and allergies; a review of systems; and a social history. The protocol further involves: conducting a physical examination on the patient (including by visual inspection); developing a differential diagnosis (i.e., a list of possible and probable diagnoses based on the history and physical examination); assessment for mitigating factors that may result in a change in treatment or referral to an alternative setting for treatment; treatment, which may consist of advice only or may result in the electronic transmission of one or more prescriptions to a pharmacy of the patient's choice; review of other considerations so as to tailor the patient's treatment based on the patient's condition, co-morbidities (e.g., diabetes mellitus), allergies, current medications and known side effects, and drug interactions; and a review of the diagnosis, treatment, and aftercare instructions with the patient, including disposition (i.e., referral for follow-up evaluation as well as transmittal of a synopsis of the present visit, with the patient's permission, to his or her private practitioner.)
When appropriate from the general protocol, the physician invokes condition specific protocols as necessary. The treatments listed in the condition specific protocols represent common, cost effective treatment for the corresponding conditions. However, in each case there are other acceptable treatments that fall within the standard care and which may be prescribed by the physician when indicated and appropriate based on the patient's condition and mitigating factors. The general protocol also applies to a patient whose condition is not entirely consistent with one of the existing protocols, but who nevertheless is clearly suffering from an acute non-urgent condition that is appropriate for treatment through this modality.
New condition specific protocols, with the corresponding aftercare instructions, may be added from time to time, and the existing protocols and aftercare instructions may be modified and updated from time to time. In each case, any additions and/or modifications will be synchronized throughout all call centers and physician terminals.
Each physician terminal may be in communication with a patient database 233 via a network such as LAN 231. The patient database includes a record of each patient who has used the system, as well as the diagnosis made and treatments prescribed for each visit. This patient database includes the patient's name, address, phone number and primary care physician as well as the name of any physician or specialist the patient has contacted via the system. By accessing a patient database, an available physician may obtain information vital to the patient's care and prevent the patient from abusing the system by obtaining multiple and unnecessary prescriptions. Further, the available physician may have an assistant who may access the patient database for information related to a patient's general history or demographics.
The protocol, patient, and medication databases associated with the system may be used under suitable program control for purposes including:
The patient database, under suitable program control, may capture the following information on each patient:
Additionally, one or more of the databases, under suitable program control, may capture the following information on each physician associated with the system:
Further, one or more of the databases, under suitable program control, may provide standard reports to be generated upon authorized demand such as:
One or more of the databases, under suitable program control, may also provide the following functions when a physician is logged onto the system and a patient initiates a physician/patient interaction:
Each patient terminal 210 or 220, which may be a kiosk or other portable unit, includes a work-station 212. A video camera 204 is in communication with the work-station 212, as is an examination light 202 to provide an available physician with a clear visual view of the patient. The video camera is controlled by the available physician via the work-station in the physician terminal. The video camera enables the available physician to scan the patient vertically (in a “tilt” mode), scan the patient horizontally (in a “pan” mode), and provide the available physician with a detailed and magnified image of any part of the patient's body (in a “zoom” mode). A patient terminal 210 or 220 may also include a video display by which the patient may view the available physician, the available physician's name, written instructions supplied by the available physician, video instructions and the available physician credentials in real time. The patient initiates a call to a physician call center 215 by picking up a telephone handset 208. The patient terminal may also include a credit card reader 216 by which payment for services provided by the available physician may be made. Further, the patient terminal may include a keyboard 214 to allow a technician to configure and update the patient terminal. Patient terminals may be established in shopping centers, malls, supermarkets, department stores, gas stations, pharmacies, hotels, office complexes or other workplaces.
ALLERGIC RHINITIS (Aftercare Instructions)
Allergic rhinitis means congestion of your nose caused by
environmental allergies (hay fever) and similar situations.
Please follow these
Take any prescribed medicines as directed.
Try to avoid whatever is causing the
allergic reaction (such as staying indoors,
with air conditioning, during heavy pollen
Most seasonal allergies can be controlled
with medication and get better when you
are no longer exposed to whatever is
causing the allergic reaction (such as when
the pollen count decreases). However, if
you become worse in any way, get checked
by your doctor, go to an Emergency
Department or see an allergy specialist.
Go to an Emergency
Swelling of your face, tongue or neck.
Department or see
Pain or pressure over your sinuses
your own doctor right away
(forehead or cheeks).
if any danger signs develop,
Fever (over 102° F.), sweats or shaking
including the following:
Trouble breathing or swallowing.
Wheezing or hoarse voice.
New or worsening rash (hives).
Dizziness, fainting or feeling “flushed.”
Chest pain or chest discomfort, including
Anything else that worries you.
Emergency Departments are open 24 hours a day for any problems.
In process 407, the patient is notified that the visit will be recorded. Recording the visit provides information for the patient database and insures the integrity of the care that the patient receives. An evaluation of the patient's immediate complaint or reason for the current visit is performed by the physician in order to make an assessment as to whether the patient may be suffering from an acute non-urgent or other non-urgent condition in process 408. If the patient is not suffering from such a condition, the patient database 233 will be updated and the patient will be referred to a primary care physician, specialist, emergency room, ambulance service, clinic, or home in process 420. As discussed above, this can be accomplished through hyperlink connections (or other electronic connections) available to the physician via the system.
If the available physician determines that the patient may be suffering from a non-urgent condition, an examination is conducted 409 using the protocol segments accessed from the protocol database 235. (The protocol segments may provide the physician with advisory or warning messages as discussed above.) The available physician (or other health care practitioner authorized to do so) will assess whether a prescription is necessary to treat the condition. If a prescription is necessary, the available physician will transmit the prescription to the patient or to a pharmacy that the patient prefers, along with instructions for proper use of the prescription, aftercare instructions, and any necessary notes as described above, via hyperlinks or other electronic connections (process 430). Following transmittal of the prescription and instructions to the pharmacy, the patient database will be updated, in process 410, with a record of the visit, including diagnosis and treatment. If no prescription is necessary, the patient database will simply be updated 410 with a record of the visit and diagnosis.
In process 411, instructions pertinent to the patient's condition and treatment are reviewed with the patient and these instructions may be displayed to the patient via the video display 206. As noted above, video demonstrations related to the patient's care and treatment may be displayed to the patient as necessary. Credit card or insurance information is obtained from the patient in process 412, either by the physician or an assistant. The patient is asked if he or she would like information regarding the visit to be sent to his or her primary care physician and if he or she so desires, the information is transferred, via hypertext link or other electronic connections, in process 440, to the primary care physician. Any closing questions, comments or concerns of the patient are addressed in process 413 and the visit is ended.
In accordance with the method illustrated in
If the patient decides to use one of the patient terminals, then, in process 503, a call from the patient at one of the patient terminals will be received by a call center. The call center enables any of a first plurality of physician or health care practitioner terminals to be in audio-visual communication over the network with any of a second plurality of patient terminals and the call center will route the call to a physician or other health care practitioner at a physician or health care practitioner terminal. As described in connection with the physician call center of
If the patient is exhibiting symptoms of a non-urgent condition, the answering service will inform the patient, in process 602, that he or she may use the patient terminals for immediate treatment of the condition. Again, if the answering service determines that the patient is exhibiting symptoms that are not related to a non-urgent condition, the answering service may refer the patient 611 to an emergency room, a clinic, the practicing physician (when the practicing physician is available) for treatment.
If the patient decides to use one of the patient terminals, a call from the patient at one of the patient terminals will be received, in process 603, by a call center. Here again, the call center enables any of a first plurality of physician or health care practitioner terminals to be in audio-visual communication over the network with any of a second plurality of patient terminals. The call center will route the call to a physician or other health care practitioner at a physician or health care practitioner terminal and information related to the patient (such as an electronic medical record) will be received at the physician or health care practitioner terminal via the network. The information may be forwarded via a computer or database in the practicing physician's office or by a computer or database associated with a the practicing physician, a health care management system or other health care facility or an insurance provider. The physician or health care practitioner is then permitted to assess the patient, to treat the patient accordingly, and to forward updated information related to the patient (such as examination, treatment and prescription details related to the patient's visit to the patient terminal) to the practicing physician via the network in process 604.
The described embodiments of the inventions are intended to be merely exemplary and numerous variations and modifications will be apparent to those skilled in the art. All such variations and modifications are intended to be within the scope of the present invention as defined in the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||705/3, 705/1.1|
|International Classification||G06Q10/00, A61B5/00|
|Cooperative Classification||G06Q50/24, G06Q50/22, A61B2560/0271, A61B5/411, A61B5/0002, A61B5/7465|
|European Classification||A61B5/00B, A61B5/41B, G06Q50/24, G06Q50/22|
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